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Now What do We Do? The modern roots musician’s guide to advocacy – a new podcast from Roots Music Canada

Photo by Sorin Sirbu on Unsplash.

Over the past couple of years, many musicians and arts organizations have found themselves struggling to reestablish and redefine themselves in the aftermath of more than two years of restrictions due to COVID-19.

Artists had already been dealing with massive losses of revenue due to the shift from physical and digital album sales to online streaming, with its much lower rates of remuneration.

Now they’d been forced off the road for more than two years.

Venues closed permanently. Festivals shut down, and several more are teetering on the brink. And the current booking backlog has made it difficult for emerging artists to break into performance circuits.

As we emerge, disoriented, from this dark period, many in the industry have found themselves asking, “Now what do we do?”

Well, we’re here to help.

Here at Roots Music Canada, we’ve been joined by the last two weeks by Carleton University journalism intern Sophia Foglia. She reached out to several artist advocates to reflect on that question.

Specifically, she asked, “What is the most important change artists and fans need to lobby for to help improve artists’ abilities to earn fair compensation in the business?”

Here’s part one. Scroll down for the show notes.

Show notes:

Our guest this episode was Byron Pascoe, a lawyer with Edwards Creative Law – Canada’s Entertainment Law Boutique™.

Here’s how they describe themselves:

“We’re entertainment lawyers who understand the business of creative industries. We guide creators and business professionals as they navigate the legal complexities of working with others—purchasing, financing, creating, licensing, and protecting creative properties; buying and selling creative services.

We act for clients from across Canada and around the world – working in Canada with Canadians. We advise on and structure their commercial transactions, their employment and independent contractor relationships. We incorporate and administer their corporations. And, if necessary, we resolve their disputes.”

Byron also provided this link to a great primer on royalties: https://edwardslaw.ca/blog/music-royalty-fees-explained/.





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